Ben Reimer | Percussion
Montreal-based percussionist Ben Reimer has established himself as a leading figure in contemporary drumset performance. He has commissioned solo works such as "Ringer" by Nicole Lizée, "Full Grown" by Scott Edward Godin, "Train Set" by Eliot Britton and the duet "Lakoni in Kazonnde" by Lukas Ligeti with (David Cossin - Bang On A Can). He has arranged the solos "Liberty" by Tony Williams and "Spooky Drums" by Baby Dodds and was featured in the publication, Drummer’s Journal (4th ed. Aug 2013). As a drumset soloist Ben premiered four concertos by Nicole Lizée with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony - Edwin Outwater conducting, the SMCQ - Walter Boudreau conducting, Architek Percussion Quartet and TorQ Percussion Quartet. His album “Katana of Choice - Music for Drumset Soloist” will be available in 2017.
As a percussionist, Ben has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Theatre Centre and Thunder Bay Symphony. He has participated in the Scotia Festival of Music, Make Music New York, Bang On A Can Summer Music Festival at MassMoca and the Roots and Rhizomes Percussion Residency at the Banff Centre. He has been a guest soloist in the Bang On A Can Marathon, Brandon University “Pro Series”, the Winnipeg International New Music Festival, GroundSwell (Winnipeg), The Little Chamber Music Series That Could, Music on Main, PuSh Festival, (Vancouver), Innovations En Concert and live@CIRMMT (Montreal).
As an educator, Reimer has been Adjunct Professor at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University. He was the Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Brandon University from 2003-2009 while also teaching a range of performance, music education and music therapy courses at the University of Manitoba and the Canadian Mennonite University.
Ben is a member of Architek Percussion, a Montreal-based quartet dedicated to the development and performance of avant-garde, experimental, minimalist, and electroacoustic music. He is a Sabian Cymbals, Yamaha Canada and Vic Firth artist